A student from Sarasota Military Academy in Florida was placed in quarantine for COVID-19 on Monday just days after the student’s classmates shook hands and posed for pictures with Vice President Mike Pence.
According to a Facebook post by the academy, the student and his mother were placed in quarantine, stemming from “the mother’s contact with a patient at Sarasota Doctors Hospital in her professional role.”
“One of our students and his mother are currently quarantined as a precautionary measure due to the mother’s contact with a patient at Sarasota Doctors Hospital in her professional role,” the post read.
“Our student and his mother currently are not showing any symptoms and are in good health and spirits. We will keep you and your families updated with their status. Please remember to consistently and thoroughly wash your hands,” it continued. “We are continuing to disinfect all classrooms and common areas as we have previously done due to flu season. We will continue to work with the District and the Sarasota County Health Department for advisement after an 11am conference call.”
In a press release sent to Newsweek, the school’s executive director, Christina Bowman wrote that “it is recommended by the Florida Department of Health that anyone who may have come in contact with those impacted by the virus should self-quarantine at home as a precautionary measure.”
The quarantine comes just a few days after Pence visited the school and shook hands and posed for photos with fellow Sarasota Military Academy senior cadets. The vice president “was traveling to a fundraiser at Republican Representative Vern Buchanan’s house but was greeted by a number of cadets and other supporters who had gathered to meet him at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport,” Newsweek reports.
According to The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Pentagon has been in touch with the school in regard to the student.
In a statement posted to Twitter, the VP’s press secretary Katie Miller said the vice president never came in contact with the quarantined student.
“Can we all take a deep breath? @Mike_Pence did not meet or come into contact at all with this student,” Miller wrote, retweeting a report from Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Jacobs.
— Katie Miller (@VPPressSec) March 3, 2020
The quarantine of the student and his mother also comes just days after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a public health emergency in the state, stemming from two positive COVID-19 tests, in Manatee County and Hillsborough County.